Improvement in SA women's rights


More than 20 percent of South African women still believe "their place is in the house", according to an Ipsos survey released on Friday.

But overall, 58 percent of South Africans believe there has been a great improvement in women's rights in the past 20 years.

This is according to the "Pulse of the People" survey conducted by Ipsos in March and April this year, through face-to-face interviews with 3730 adults from all walks of life.

"About a fifth of women (21 percent) still believe that boys have more rights to education than girls and 23 percent believe that when jobs are scarce, men have more rights to jobs than women," Ipsos director Mari Harris said in a statement.

"There is also a significant proportion -- 34 percent of both men and women -- that believes women should be kept in their place! Over a fifth of women (22 percent) believe that their place is in the house -- with 27 percent of men agreeing with this sentiment."

About a third of women say their lives have improved while 16 percent believe their lives have deteriorated.

More than half of women believe their children have a bright future.


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